Language and Education
Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Do you speak German?
Engaging with the German language encourages dialogue, exchange and cooperation between people and cultures. The German Missions in the United States work with many institutions, including the Goethe-Institut, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), American Association of Teachers of German and Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA)—as well as individual teachers, students, and Deutschbegeisterte—to support and promote the German language in the USA. Read on to learn more and get involved!
With 100 million native speakers, German is the most commonly-spoken language in Europe. Around the world, 15.4 million people are learning German as a foreign language today. There are many good reasons for studying German, and a large number of resources, online and offline, to help you gain fluency in the language of Goethe, Gauß, and Grönemeyer.
Assisting teachers through its network of German and American partners spanning the USA, the German Language Consultants open doors to new study and career options and connect students to the business world. They help develop German programs.
German teachers in the USA help foster the future of German-American understanding. The German Embassy Washington and its partners in the German consulates, Goethe-Institute, AATG, and ZfA, among others, assist the German-as-a-foreign-language community in the US with initiatives such as the Netzwerk Sprachvergnügen, Teacher of Excellence Award, and the German American Partnership Program.
With over 1,800 PArtner SCHools connected in a worldwide network, PASCH is an international learning community that is not only fostering German language learning, but also making a lasting contribution to cultural exchange and improved mutual understanding.
In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut and the AATG, the German Embassy Washington has since 2008 presented the Teacher of Excellence Award, highlighting the accomplishments of top-notch, up-and-coming German teachers in the United States, who help lay the foundation for future German-American relations.
Every Friday, Germany.info and The Week in Germany highlight a different "Word of the Week" in the German language that may serve to surprise, delight or just plain perplex native English speakers. Access our archive here!
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